The quickest way to lose prospects is turn them off with stale, staged, unrealistic, hammy, cheesy, out-of-touch stock photography. They make you look untrustworthy, which is probably not your objective.
On the other hand, high quality imagery can be had for free on Google images (with appropriate usage rights) and on Wiki commons; and for a fee, usually about $20 to $50 per image per year, from million-image sites like iStockphoto and Shutterstock.
So where can you find free photos fast? Take a look at the ten resources listed below; each site provides truckloads of free images, can be used without copyright attribution, and each is free (did I mention that?)
1. Free Images
FreeImages offers 300,000+ images, all categorized, tagged, key-worded and searchable.
At Getrefe you can get thousands of royalty-free, high-quality, natural looking photos, many in the technology, landscape, and abstract realms. Or, the images from this Lithuania-based site can inspire you, even if you don’t need an shot straight away
If you need quirky, campy, and fun, take a peak at Gratisography’s photos. All images are from artist Ryan McGuire. And the price: gratis.
Vibrant vintage photos from the old school; it that’s want you want, try New Old Stock. The site, while not as voluminous as other s mentioned here, has crackling black and white retro imagery, and plenty of tinted and fades images, too.
Picjumbo has plenty of content; while not artfully displayed, it is easy relatively easy to browse.
Lots of images, an easy-to-use search feature, plus many stunning images.
The Public Doman Archive is a one-man designer-curated site of cool picture he’s found on the web. Not as extensive as others, but a fine tool for finding free imagas.
Startupstockphotos is the place for tech and other creative startups. Images are casual, candid, and realistic.
StockSnap compiles and curates stock images from other sites and select photographers. All photos uploaded to the site are released under Creative Commons – CC0 and do not require attribution.
Unsplash, from Montreal, has among the highest quality resolution imagery available for download. What they lack in quantity is made for in in quality.
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